Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 1 February 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 851 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 64 active cases ICU, including 30 on a ventilator, and an additional 42 cleared cases in ICU.

5,643,131 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 17,799 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 1,645 of these doses were for children aged 5 to 11.

39.3 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses. 44.7 per cent of Victorians between 5 and 11 have had one dose.

Victoria was notified of 11,311 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:

  • 7,060 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 4,251 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 34 deaths of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. Of today’s reported deaths, 13 were recorded as occurring in the last two days.

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,029.

There are 72,710 active cases in Victoria.

23,535 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,931,880.­­


Pop-up child vaccination clinics

Starting on 12 February, COVID-19 vaccination pop-ups for kids – or ‘K-pops’ – will roll out in some of Victoria’s most iconic venues – including Scienceworks, Melbourne Zoo and Sealife Aquarium – with each site intended specifically for vulnerable children or those living with a disability.

Initially vaccine recipients at these venues will be invitation-only, with the Department of Health and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing identifying children with potential access issues. Invitees will include children from out of home care, living with disability or in contact with specialist services

For more information can be found at Vaccines Coming To Museums, Aquariums, Zoos And More

Back to school

As part of the back to school plan, we strongly recommend:

  • Mainstream primary and secondary staff and students:twice-a-week rapid antigen testing on school days
  • Specialist school staff and students: daily rapid antigen testing on school days

Schools will make rapid antigen tests available for collection by parents/carers from the start of Term 1. The initial distribution will be limited to one pack per student. Testing will be conducted at home, and students and staff must report any positive result. There is no requirement to report a negative result.

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

Reviewed 01 February 2022


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